There will be a number of particular services over the Lent and Easter period, which we hope you’ll join us for. You should be able to see them on our events calendar, but here’s a list of a few highlights:
Ash Wednesday March 1st 6.30pm – Ash Wednesday Service (Ashing and Eucharist)
Sunday March 5th 4.30pm (and every Sunday through 9th April) – Lent Book Discussion Group
Maundy Thursday 13th April 6.30pm – Footwashing Service and Vigil
Good Friday 14th April 6.30pm – Tenebrae Service
Easter Sunday 16th April 6pm – Easter Eucharist and Social
On Sunday 30th October, All Saint’s Day, we shared a Service of the Word liturgy of “Thanksgiving for Moot” – looking back at where we’ve come from as well as ahead to the future. Tim Dendy (Moot veteran and churchwarden) shared his look back at Moot and how we’ve arrived where we are now. We hope you enjoy listening to an abbreviated version of the Moot story!
We have now started to develop a new spirituality section on this website, that gives easier access to the online prayer resources, as well as information on meditation, prayer development, pastoral care and support that we offer through Moot at St Mary Aldermary’s. So do check this out, which will be developing as we expand our resources and events to open up Christian spirituality in the City of London. To see more click here We hope in time to create an app for smart phones to access these resources more easily. Discussions have begun for this.
This site is about to go through substantial development, with revised podcasting and blog resources with a one page archive of all podcasts, along with a new book stall of reviewed and recommended books, a new Host cafe subpage and much more. These changes will be rolled out between October 2012 and February 2013.
In 2007 the Bishop of London Challenged the Moot Community to seek to become contemplatives to be able to sustain the vision of Moot – to be able to discern a complex God in a complex culture. The place of prayer and contemplation in our lives is therefore important as we seek to discern God. Our Moot Rhythm of Life in its aspirations and spiritual practices has an explicit expectation that we will go deeper in regular committed prayer. As Karl Rahner, a German theologian has said, “Christians of the future will be mystics, or there will be no Christians at all”.
Moot has for sometime been promoting new/old ways to engage with prayer, particularly forms of contemplation. This prayer development day seeks to enable participants to explore and experience different forms and approaches to prayer, to work out what particular approaches resonate with what you seek to include in your spiritual time. Julie Dunstan, a good friend of Moot and a spiritual director trained in forms of ignatian prayer will lead the day. This event is open to all people who are exploring prayer – whether you feel a novice, struggle with it or just want to go deeper.
This event will be held in the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary, the beautiful surroundings of one of the oldest churches in London, right next to Mansion House Tube (Exit 4) and 3 mins away from the Bank Tube, and 5 mins away from Cannon Street Station National Rail station. It will start from 10am and finish at 3/3.30pm. Do please bring a packed lunch. There will also be coffee breaks.
Bio on Julie Dunstan
I have a particular interest in how Christian spirituality can (though often doesn’t!) reach people at depth and foster growth and healing. I want to help people experience God’s presence in personal and authentic ways; to get people out of their heads and into their hearts; into God’s heart. I am a member of All Saints’ Church, West Dulwich, and presently developing an alternative prayer project called All Saints’ Soul Space. I am married with one lovely daughter. I am grateful for God’s grace.
In this first podcast of Lent 2012, Vanessa Elston starts this years Moot at St Mary Aldermary Lentern season with a reflection on the title ‘An Invitation to silence, solitude and human becoming’.
“As we grow up our minds grow more complex and more settled in their orbits. We spend so much of our adult energies thinking, planning, worrying, trying to get ahead or stay afloat, that we lose touch with that natural intimacy with God deep within us. The gift of silence gradually recedes in the face of the demands of daily life, so that when we do re-encounter contemplative prayer as adults, it may seem like a strange and inaccessible inner terrain. With some effort, we can stop the outer noise. Silent walks in the woods, Lenten and Advent quiet days at the local church, or a retreat at a monastery are wonderful ways of doing just that. But stopping the inner noise is another matter. Even when the outer world has been wrestled into silence, we still go right on talking, worrying, arguing with ourselves, day-dreaming, fantasizing. To encounter those deeper reaches of our being, where our own life is constantly flowing out of and back into the divine life; what first seems to be needed is some sort of interior on/off switch to tone down the inner talking as well.” (Cynthia Bourgeault, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening)
Mini Moots are a vital part of our life in Moot as a new-monastic community. Moot is very much a network church, with people spread out all over London and beyond. Our time together then is very scarce, and mini-moots are an opportunity to meet with around 6 to 8 mooters for food, support, study, prayer and some form of spiritual practice coming from our shared rhythm of life.
A new mini moot is about to start on Saturday brunch times, which is seeking new participants whose work life and other commitments make tuesday attendance very difficult. This starts on 14 January at 11:00. Nic will be emailing those attending the saturday mini-moot shortly. If you are interested please get in touch with Ian or Nic, as this will be starting up soon. Please note that we are expecting people to be committed to turning up to these groups regularly once you start, and that you shouldn’t belong to more than one mini-moot. This new mini-moot will move around areas of central London.
Most other mini-moots meet up on Tuesday evenings timed to fit in with our usual moot programme of events and services, these are currently situated at Mansion House EC4M, Borough SE1, Tooting/Streatham SW16/17, Forest Hill SE23. With the new London overground services, these various mini-moots are accessible for those living in East, West and North London.
So if you are interested in joining a mini-moot, please do get in contact . To be able to join a mini-moot, we do expect people to have become participants in the community demonstrated by joining our electoral roll and attending some of our weekly events on a regular basis. Do speak to me Ian Mobsby if you are wanting to do this.
A Moot friend Mike Angell gave me the heads up on this article. I really like the focus here on all of us mooters being spiritual questers, where we are questing with existential questions, where these questions relate to spiritual and religious experience rather than the answer. Click here for the article.
The main thing I like about questing, is that it is a form of spirituality where you are going deeper with who you are. One frustration I have with some friends is that they see spirituality as a form of ‘reinventing yourself’ – a consumptive identity – that you just take down from the shelf – one day materialistic the next anti-materialistic, one day prayerful and the next no such thing as prayer, or wanting community but then shunning or keeping away from participation.
What this article echoes for me – is that the spiritual path is one where we don’t reinvent ourselves, rather we go deeper with actually who we are, we seek the essence of what life is, facing ourselves God by living with the questions. This path has for me three loci – hearing God as an inner voice from within through prayer, meditation and reflection, hearing God through participation in community through the wisdom and pain of friends and fellow travellers, and hearing God through poetry, art and spiritual writing and scripture.
So for me being an authentic quester, is not about reinventing yourself through consumptive-surface-self-definitions as for me this gets very close to self-deception, but rather the need to face your pains, get involved in community and quest through the questions through getting your hands dirty and getting involved in life and not being a spectator who shuns away from participation.
I hope that I will be this type of contemplative CHristian – committed to contemplative-action, where both Christians and Spiritual Questers are hopefully journeying towards the love of God.